14 councils to share £25m bus retrofitting fund

The government has announced details of the 14 local authorities who will share £25m of the Clean Bus Technology Fund to help retrofit their region’s bus fleets.

It follows last year’s £40m grant to 20 local authorities, which allowed councils to work with bus companies and technology providers to bring buses up to low emission standards.

Manchester will receive nearly £3m to retrofit 176 of their buses and Liverpool will receive £2.5m to retrofit 129 of theirs.

In total, 1817 buses are expected to be retrofitted across the country due to the cash injection.

Last month, the government announced they will give councils £48m to buy 263 Ultra Low Emissions Buses.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: ‘We all know that air pollution is the top environmental risk to health in the UK. Nitrogen dioxide emissions must be lowered if we want to ensure cleaner and healthier air across the country.

‘Local authorities are the best placed to introduce systems that work for their areas, which is why we are working closely with them to ensure they have the appropriate funding and support.’

Full list of Clean Bus Technology Fund recipients:

Local Authority Sum awarded Number of buses
Newcastle £379,600 23
Leicester £983,250 53
London £983,250 500
Bristol £983,250 166
Gateshead £230,750 13
Manchester £2,994,000 176
West Midlands £2,987,750 222
Coventry £2,517,500 131
Oxford £671,550 37
West Yorkshire £2,975,875 179
South Tyneside £133,952 8
Liverpool £2,520,643 129
Sheffield £3,000,000 160
Essex £387,064 20
Total £25,270,264.00 1817